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Tattnall, Josiah (1794-1871) to the Commanding Officer of the Boston recruiting station

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02460.15 Author/Creator: Tattnall, Josiah (1794-1871) Place Written: New London, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 August 1836 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 24.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses Benjamin Harris' appointment as a "Seaman for the South Sea Surveying and exploring expedition." Requests that Harris be paid for "three months ... when he appears on board the receiving ship." States that he received orders regarding Harris from Captain Catesby Jones.

Background Information: Tattnall was an active seaman in the War of 1812, the Mexican, and Civil Wars. In 1836, Tattnall was ordered to recruit men for Captain Thomas ap Catesby Jones' surveying expedition. Commissioned ...by Congress, the expedition transformed into the 1838-1840 "Great United States Exploring Expedition," investigating the Pacific Northwest and islands of the South Pacific.
Thomas ap Catesby Jones served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1805-1842. Jones is most noted for his 1842 attempted seizure of California, after which he was publicly censured and recalled from his command of the Pacific Fleet.
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People: Tattnall, Josiah, 1795-1871
Jones, Thomas Ap Catesby, 1790-1858
Harris, Benjamin, fl. 1836

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Frontiers and ExplorationAustralia and Pacific IslandsNavyMaritimeSurveyingSoldier's PayFinance

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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